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Sask. hunting investigation leads to 22 years of suspensions, nearly $16,000 in fines

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An investigation that began with tips from the public has led to five people pleading guilty to charges such as wildlife trafficking, hunting without a license and hunting at night.

In May of 2021, Saskatchewan’s Turn in Poachers and Polluters (TIPP) line received information around suspected wildlife trafficking near Meskanaw, a village 150 kilometers northeast of Saskatoon.

Conservation officers began an investigation that concluded in March of this year. A Meskanaw woman pleaded guilty to trafficking white-tailed deer while a man from the area pleaded guilty to hunting at night as well as obtaining a license while having unpaid fines.

Additionally, in July, a Saskatoon man pleaded guilty to trafficking white-tailed deer. On top of this, two men from Star City pled guilty to trafficking in wildlife involving white-tailed deer and elk in October.

All three men were slapped with fines ranging from $6,000 to $2,800 and handed five year hunting suspensions.

In total, the five residents were fined $15,810 for their actions and were handed 22 years of hunting suspensions between them.

“Trafficking in wildlife shows disrespect for public resources and steals opportunities from lawful hunters,” a provincial news release read.

“Left unchecked, such illegal activities can negatively affect wildlife populations and overall ecosystem health.”

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